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Scott Westerfeld
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Feb. 17 2005 Midnighters (Book 1)

For one secret hour each night, the town belongs to the dark creatures that haunt the shadows. Only a small group of teenagers know about the secret hour -- only they are free to move about the midnight time.They call themselves Midnighters.

Then Jessica Day moves to town ... and everything changes.

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Grade 6-10–Moving when you're in high school is difficult enough, especially when your parents can't seem to hold their own lives together and your younger sister is being more obnoxious than usual. However, for 15-year-old Jessica Day, these concerns pale when bizarre things start to happen and she discovers that she now has unwanted magical powers. Part science fiction, part horror story, this novel is the first in a series about the midnighters, a select group of individuals whose birth at the stroke of midnight gives them the special ability to move about in a mysterious 25th hour. As Jessica takes her place among these extraordinary teens, she must battle the increasingly dangerous slithers and other darklings that have suddenly become more violent and aggressive. The story is exciting and the writing compelling. Gaps in the account will not bother readers, who will be totally absorbed by the paranormal elements as well as the intriguing characters, and who will be eagerly awaiting the next book.–Sharon Grover, Arlington County Department of Libraries, VA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


'Kept me reading way past midnight!' Garth Nix 'Fast-paced and spooky - a good read for the dark hours' Ursula K. Le Guin 'Intriguing and provocative. The sequels will be worth waiting for.' Locus --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars a tantalizing mystery May 18 2004
"Melissa didn't know exactly what to think of the new girl. Below her shifting emotions was an unexpected flavor, a sharp metal taste, like a coin pressed against the tip of Melissa's tongue. The scent of unbridled energy was everywhere, but maybe that had just been the storm. And of course, someone new was always full of unfamiliar flavors, unexpected faculties. Each of Melissa's friends felt different to her, after all. But Jessica Day felt more than different."
Jessica thought she was just like any other teenager when her family moved from suburban Chicago to Bixby, Oklahoma. She was restless, lonely, dissatisfied and trying to "adjust." Her ambitious mother was distracted with work and her father was a boring stay-at-home dad. But from her first day at Bixby High she sensed that there was something definitely "different" afoot. She knew that she was being seen as more than the new kid in town and that there was something special about her.
Rex, Melissa, Dess and Jonathan are Midnighters. Each has a special power that helps them through the blue, frozen hour of midnight in Bixby. Rex is the historian, Melissa is highly psychic, Dess is a math genius and Jonathan can defy gravity. Together they help protect the little town from the slithers and darklings who come during the secret hour. Now that they have met Jessica they must figure out why the dark forces are bent on killing her and, in the end, what kind of power this Jessica has.
Put all these ingredients together, plus a growing romance between Jessica and Jonathan, and you have a fast-paced, creative fantasy as only Scott Westerfeld can write. Picture Buffy meeting superheroes, and you get the idea of the pace and direction of this adventure. Not only would this book translate beautifully into a TV series, it could also succeed, with the right art work, as a graphic novel. Readers will be fully tantalized waiting for the next two installments of this trilogy.
--- Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts (...)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A suspenseful, Thrilling tale. April 17 2004
little does jessica Day know what awaits her when she moves to Bixby Oklahoma.Theres something strange about bixby and it's not just the water.She learns that shes a midnighter and time stops at midnight.Everything and everyone stops at midnight,It's the special hour.They have this whole extra hour to themselves.except for darklings,an anchient evil.Her other fellow midnighters don't mind midnight,but they also aren't getting hunted down like jessica is.The darklings want her dead,But why?What is it about jessica that threatens them? to find this out,you've got to read the book!
I thought that this was an amazing book,It was very creative and original.I thought that it was a bit slow in the beginning,It took a while for me to really get into the story,but after i did i was hooked.I couldn't put the book down.The last chaptors were my favorite,I ate them up soo quickly.Some of the things i expected,but others i didn't even think about.I will definitely read this series.There are a few things that i'm really interested in finding out.If you want a good book and you love suspense and action,read this book.You will not be sorry.This was a very well written book,I can't wait to read the future books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great horror story March 2 2004
Fifteen year old Jessica Day moves with her mom from Chicago to Bixby, Oklahoma where she attends the local high school. She looks like she belongs with the in-crowd, but the most isolated outsiders, the midnighters (Rex, Dess, Melissa, and Jonathan) are also fascinated by the newcomer as they sense she shares the Focus that only occurs for those born at midnight.
Jessica awakens at midnight noticing that her family seems frozen in time and so does everyone else. She explores this magical twenty-fifth hour in the day only to learn that ancient creatures roam the town and the midnight quartet also travel in this eerie otherworldly zone. As the cretins of the night try to kill the newcomer, the quartet try to keep Jessica safe while struggling to learn why she is a target.
The first tale of the Midnighters is a great horror story that is aimed at young adults, but will be enjoyed by readers of all ages. The story line is fast-paced and somehow Scott Westerfield makes his blue-lighted midnight realm seem real and the talents of his heroes genuine. This is a winner worth reading especially by the Potter crowd who will find a new genre in which to appreciate the written word. If this is any indication, the next two novels in this trilogy will be awesome.
Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Crazehlicious" April 11 2007
By Mike
"Crazehlicious" is a made up word but, if it were real, it would be the perfect comment for this book. The plot is great, the characters realistic and the problem far fetched, but curiously intriguing.

The book for me was a fast paced page-turner where the book went from spellbinding fear and suspence, to revelation, and then more suspense. The storyline was amazing and while it gave you a feeling like something is obvious but you cant put your finger on it, i must say there was some amazing use of forshadowing!

I must amend Scott Westerfield on delivering another amazing book, that was equally interesting and creative. I give my highest recommendations for this book, wich is now my favorite book (I cant wait to get the sequel.)

FIVE THUMBS UP! (Or 65 if you do the math...)
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By Morgan
And now it's my favorite book of all time! Who knew? Anyone who picks up this book will be imediately hooked. The pace of this book never slows down.
When Jessica Day moves to Bixby, she never expected that she would discover a secret world, Midnight, and the strange teens alone that live in it. Rex reads the lore, Melissa is a pyschic, Dess does math, and Jonathan flys. Each of them have their own talent at Midnight, but Jessica can't seem to figure out what hers is. Sometimes it seems like she's not even a real midnighter.
"Maybe you're not," Melissa said. "Not a real one, anyway. Something about you is so....... 11:59. You don't belong."
This is deffinatly a book worth reading over and over......
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3.0 out of 5 stars Frosy from Books Like Fairytales >> [...]
Humans that are born at the stroke of midnight have the ability to access the secret 25th hour of the day. Wouldn't you like the extra hour? I know I would. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2011 by Effie
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative and exciting
I greatly enjoyed reading The Midnighters: The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld, the first in the trilogy. Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2010 by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars A new kind of Fantasy: MIDNIGHTERS
Scott Westerfeld has done a marvelous job by mixing fantasy,mystery,science fiction and romance concisely. Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2010 by Dawn T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great entracning mystery
I'm not usually into mystery or night books but this was a surprising exception. The only thing I thought about when I picked these books up was that the author was Scott... Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2009 by Max Holiday
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too
Jessica Day has just moved to Bixby, Oklahoma from Chicago with her family. Still trying to find her niche in the local high school, she's noticed by a group of students who are... Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2007 by TeensReadToo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, scarry and thoroughly enjoyable!
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book. It starts out with the 'new kid at a new school' thing. Sounds kind of dull, but get past that. I'm glad I did! Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by SvenWebMaster
5.0 out of 5 stars Hypeocondract
A wonderful book that will entrance all in its mind pleasing description of the wonderful midnight world. Read more
Published on April 30 2004 by David
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